To strengthen awareness and appreciation on investigating in research and development to achieve the greatest yield crop, quality and production in the midst of the changing environment and ecological conditions, the University RDE in cooperation with the Campus RDE conducted a seminar-workshop on SMART Agriculture on September 12, 2017 at CSU-SM Conference Hall.
The University President, Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada in her remarks challenged the campus researchers, extensionists and faculty members in the College of Agriculture to convert CSU-Sanchez Mira into an unbanized campus that will be replicated in other campuses. “This can be realized through the implementation of SMART Agriculture,” she added.
SMART Agriculture ,as explained by the University consultant and Technical Adviser Dr. Florentina Dumlao, is the application of science in agricultural production. She added that in the conduct of researches, one has to set aside the traditional practices and integrate other disciplines. The project and research proposals should be interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.
Dr. Dumlao also presented and discussed the research components of the new concept: SMART Analytics and Engineering Innovations; Food Production and Security; and Environment, Disaster, Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Energy.
The discussions made by the technical expert ended by emphasizing that “We are not making a Grand Plan, We are making just a minute plan and develop this plan year after year”.
Meanwhile, Dr. Froilan A. Pacris Jr., the dean of the College of Agriculture, presented to the body his research titled “Cagayan Organic Agriculture Eco-tourism and Agroprocessing Convergence Hub for Sustainable Rural Development .
As to the Program of CSU-SM being the Coconut Research Center, Dr. Susan R. Matipo, the immediate past Campus Research and Extension Coordinator presented the program “iCREATE” to stand for Integrated Coconut Research Extension and Technology Center. On the other hand, Engr. Shirley Agcaoili, the current campus Research Coordinator presented his conceptualized program titled: Cagayan Valley Coconut Research Development Center.
“Do not compete! Complement instead”, said Dr. Dumlao as to the issue on whose proposal should be adopted and submitted for funding.
In closing, Dr. Tejada encourages attendees to submit research proposals on SMART Agriculture for university funding.